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Fleets, tires and fuel economy

Every fleet is looking at all viable options for both the tractor and trailer when it comes to fuel economy. So what are these options and do they offer a short return on investment?

Sprinter vans offer complete package

The success of the Sprinter commercial van has been attributed to its practical design, cargo capacity and low operating costs.

Consider all aspects of a fleet tire program

"Iridescent" is a word you probably haven’t associated with your tire program. However, it may describe a concept fleet managers should be thinking about when considering outsourcing and maintenance. Iridescent is defined as "displaying a variety of different colors that change when viewed from different angles." With different "angles" impacting our industry today, here are

Ford, Toyota combine for global hybrid effort

Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have announced they will collaborate on the development of a new hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs. Once a formal agreement on product development is reached, the two manufacturers will bring the best of their independently developed hybrid powertrain technology and knowledge to a new co-developed system,

Vocational body payoffs

Ensuring that truck bodies are specified and installed correctly can pay dividends in lower operating and maintenance costs.

Understanding truck tires and air pressure

Since loads vary by wheel position, using the load/inflation tables published by any tire manufacturer will determine the proper tire pressure based on the specific load.

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Alternative powertrain technologies for trucks

Not surprisingly, alternative powertrain technologies were very popular during the recent Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC), where 100 fleet managers from over 50 investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors from across the U.S., Canada and South America were joined by representatives of more than 100 industry suppliers. The EUFMC Equipment Demonstration featured

Exploring the future of pneumatic truck tires

What will the commercial over-the-road truck tire (or its worthy replacement) look like in 10 to 20 years? Although we can’t evaluate currently unknown innovations, we can look at developments in other tire types: race, passenger car, aircraft, military and other niche market applications. We now have run-flat passenger car tires that have successfully obsoleted

CSA and tires: An update

Commercial trucking fleets are spending a lot of time these days trying to meet all of the rules and regulations in FMCSA’s rollout of CSA, which officially began December 2010. Fleets and drivers are both affected by CSA. A high score, which is bad, can lead to government intervention for the fleet and potential serious

UPS cuts costs, benefits environment with fuel choices

UPS continues to make effective choices for fuel saving vehicle platforms. “Investment in alternative fuels and innovative research cuts costs, benefits the environment, creates American jobs and moves the country toward energy security,” said Mike Hance, vice president, Automotive Engineering and Operations at UPS. “It’s not the wave of the future, it’s what the present

Keep tires on longer for lowest cost-per-mile

Modern radial truck tires have come a long way. Long-term casing durability is nearly taken for granted today, assuring multiple retreads for most line haul applications. More recently, wear issues (irregular wear on free-rolling axle positions) have been reduced to the point that technicians often suspect mechanical issues rather than simply reporting “tire problems” as

Ryder switches to natural gas-powered tractors inSoCal

A partnership project with government agencies and Freightliner has lead to the deployment of natural gas-powered vehicles in Southern California. In what is being described as a “groundbreaking, innovative and large-scale natural gas truck deployment project,” Ryder System Inc. has begun fielding 182 NG-powered tractors in its SoCal operations network. The order is part of